Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

DVD - 2018
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MPAA rating: PG-13; for thematic elements and some violent images.
When all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi embarks on an epic journey in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots.

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marcos_santiago
Jul 16, 2019

Absolute perfection in storytelling: I started watching and could not get enough of these characters. The animation and art design are wonderful. The music, specially the drums, are unforgettable. I truly believe it is a masterpiece that cannot be replicated.
Isle of Dogs is not for everybody, but this movie is destined to become a cult film, because of its own merits and uniqueness.
The ending is optimistic, and left me with a warm feeling of happiness.
This movie has motivated me to learn to write Haiku.
I literally cannot wait for the next Wes Anderson's movie.

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Drosselme1er
Jul 06, 2019

Not for kids.
This is much darker than Fantastic Mr. Fox, with cussing and detailed discussion of doggie-suicide.
Dogs die, and then there's a quick moment of humor to sell it.

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3reading4stem2011
May 29, 2019

Set in the future. I recommend this one. It is a tale that makes you think about things that are going on today and how we treat stuff and everyday minor choices we make.

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lavasushi
Mar 07, 2019

Interesting. Visually artistic. Different story. Compelling

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sakanataka
Mar 02, 2019

Fascinating film.

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Pen__
Jan 28, 2019

Excellence in art. Variety of creative storytelling. Hand painted animation, clay, plastic, paper, a wide variety of media use. In this aspect alone, well worth a study.

As a story it uses humor, a child and animals to voice clear and ongoing moral subjects of planetary resource, waste, and animal use for profit and science. It expresses vicidly the dark side of these taboo subjects. Political corruption is addressed as as well.

NOT FOR CHILDREN

It is a clear commentary on the evil nature of humanity to use fear, media, politics, to manipulate, destroy and torture those who can not vote or fight back (children and nature / animals).

The constant human struggle between those who honor nature and believe all life is worth respecting and taking into consideration when making decisions for profit, science, etc.

...and those that do not. The war between those that believe all in power can do as they please regarless of consequences, and do not believe that nature, animals or children have value or rights. They believe that everything is merely a “product” and has a price and expiration.

The story is told by the animated dogs.
Children, well educated and intelligent save the discarded dogs and the little boy.

It is an intricate mix of dark humor, reality, moral questions, art, power of love, truth eventually being told... timeless subjects and laws.

Excellent

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jck667
Jan 28, 2019

Grabbed my attention and didn't let go. The jokes are subtle but quite good, and it was fun to try and pick out which famous actor was voicing which character (and there are quite a few A-listers here).

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duane767
Jan 19, 2019

Good movie but I preferred the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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scribby
Dec 17, 2018

Deadpan humor and homages to Kurosawa mark this insanely-detailed stop-motion animation romp, in which every frame somehow manages to look like traditional Japanese art. This was a lot of fun, and buried somewhere in it is the fact that the sinister plot that runs the whole thing is actually a battle in the never-ending war between dogs and CATS (which don't appear in the movie!). The story is set in a Japan that is not exactly the past, present, or future, but an amalgam of all three -- with taiko music and kabuki in prominence along with high-tech and steampunk gadgets which don't ever seem to work correctly. The humans speak in Japanese (untranslated, but easy to interpret even if one has no knowledge of the language) while the dogs speak in English -- which adds another layer of silliness, especially since this was produced in Britain. "Beware: I bite."

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lindy919
Dec 13, 2018

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So much to dislike about this, so little time. All the quirky nonsense really takes away from the story - so much so that I turned it off after 20 minutes:
- The animation resembles a student project.
- Japanese without subtitles (you can still easily understand what's going on but it's still annoying).
- Is this for adults or kids? (There's a lot of questionable language for kids)
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